I don't get the association of Morosov/Takahashi with Hill/Weir!
Priscilla and Johnny were fine and very open about their split. So many skaters change coaches and this is what that was.
Morozov and Daisuke were not fine. Apparently, Daisuke was ordered to leave Morozov. Quite different.
Someone tell me how Mor/Dai is the same as Hil/Wei.or Tarrasova/Asada?
I'm curious as to what the real truth is. I have a feeling we will never know. Then again I wouldn't believe anything Morozov said even if he told me it was raining and I was standing in the middle of a thunderstorm at the time.
I'm more inclined to believe Dai, who generally comes across as a nice guy, over Morozov. If I'm not mistaken, this is not the first time Morozov has decided to work with a rival of one of his skaters - didn't he leave Tarasova over something similar? I also seem to recall him working with Plushy and Joubert at the same time (which did not go over well with Brian).
As for knowing ahead of time that Dai would do badly at worlds, either he's trying to make himself look smart, or he was not doing a good job as a coach. Honestly, if Morozov thinks something's not working with a skater, he should tell the skater, not the journalists. There's an interview here in which Joubert was told by the interviewer that Morozov said - two weeks before 06 Olys -that Joubert would not medal (http://www.goldenskate.com/articles/2006/012007.shtml). He could have just said "go back to the Matrix" which strikes me as more helpful than what he apparently did say at the time.
He may be very good at putting together programs, but I think Mr. Morozov thinks a bit too highly of himself. And unless his comments were taken out of context, I think that was hardly a classy interview.
Here he sounds like it was a conscious decision to split with Daisuke and choose Oda.
I am not interested in who was right or wrong. But what interested me was his attitude. It sounds like he has really a lot of fighting spirit and faith in his success, which perhaps has enabled him to help his students win the games. I wish Nobunari all the best. Morosov would be a good resource for him to boost his confidence. Morosov is not easily shaken and always a positive thinker to find his best possible ways to survive. He has really strong charisma as a coach and a person. He's a good person to rely on when you have to compete under a lot of pressures.
What's interesting to note is that whenever Morozov works with one of his pupils' rivals, they always leave him, which isn't the case of all coaches that train rivals. I think this says something about the trust (or lack of) that skaters have him.
The most obviouse case was the Joubert vs Plushenko one. The year Morozov created Brian's worst LP ever happened to be the year he worked with Evgeni. I'm not saying he did it on purpouse, that there was some sort of "make Evgeni win" conspiracy, but I belive that it really damaged his image in skaters' minds.
Honestly, I'm inclined to believe Taki too over Morozov. Morozov's behavior in all of this is inappropriate and as a coach/teacher, he should be held to higher standards.
I think Morozov has burned some important bridges by talking to this writer. The Japanese federation is notoriously hypersensitive about any criticism toward any of their own, and they are touchy about giving credit to foreigners for any of their skaters' successes. "Saving face" is a very important cultural concept to the Japanese.
Morozov tends not to be particularly culturally sensitive to that kind of thing, but I think he may have gone too far by publicly attacking a well-known Japanese agent and claiming so much of the credit for his Japanese students' successes for himself. The Japanese federation has ultimate control over where and with whom their skaters can train, and ticking them off in any way may ultimately prove to be a costly error for Morozov. If the Japanese federation should feel that his comments are disrespectful and insulting and decide to take their skaters away from him, he will be left without all those prize students he takes the credit for.
Again, I will preface this by saying that I don't blame Daisuke for any of this and I am not normally inclined to defend Morozov. . . BUT this is not really about whether we choose to believe Morozov or Takahashi. It's about whether we choose to believe Morozov or Ihara (the agent).
Does anyone know anything about Ihara? if not, how do we know he isn't even more self-serving and deceptive than Morozov? It certainly wouldn't be the first time an innocent talent allowed an ambitious agent to make his decisions for him.
Also, if saving face is so valued in Japan, that makes Ihara twice as guilty, since he told the media that Morozov had taken on Oda without telling Takahashi. That's the kind of thing that can ruin an elite coach's reputation in this sport, and there was no need to give a reason to the public anyway. It would have been easy to let *everyone* save face by saying Takahashi needed to spend more time training in Japan because he's going to grad school, or Takahashi just felt that he needed a change. So this doesn't look like a Japanese-Russian culture clash, it just looks like a spat between a coach and an agent, each of whom wanted more control over this athlete and wanted to make the other look bad.